Hi all~ it’s me, aka winwinc81. Am bringing my journey over from “there” to “here”. Link as below.
Sharing (and receiving what’s shared to me) along the way is definitely a rewarding experience for myself as well as others. Thanks to the many brothers for sharing their experience with me! You know who you are! Really great to find time from work off Ovation United and do some update journey here in this new awesome forum… so lets get going.
The Super tweeter!
Borrowed a pair of super tweeter called Townshend from a brother to try. Am intrigued by all the hearsay of using a supertweeter… my impression is it’s airy and precise, not loud yet DEFINITELY high in freq… its a nice add on to have, but due to the SDA drivers, sadly had to return it… else will need to have at least 2 pairs and find out how to get it connected to the SDA. Nevertheless, thanks to the brother who borrowed me this nifity little equipment to try
This is how it looked like on the towers
i will need to have 2 each due to the SDA drivers
Next, Decluttering the front stage.
After hearing so much about decluttering the frontstage, advises by brothers here (esp Ronlidoq), and seeing nivlahog putting words into action, i joined the boat.
Gotten myself a 2nd hand rack from my contractor, looked dusty initially but its actually pretty clean (with a few scratches only) after the clean up. It definitely look HUGE upon delivered. WAF? maybe not so… but i did que my Mrs that “something big is coming”… without much hesitation, the rack got delivered the exact same day once confimed. I guess my contractors will just buang if no one wants it. might as well buang my place at a small price
Full 42U rack in this corner of the living room
With the doors all removed (and throw), it doesn’t looked as daunting. Mrs more or less accept it since i promised that the front stage will look more “clean” in a way as all equipment will be shifted to the rack.
The more troublesome tasks will be to re cable all the speakers wires to the rack, since this idea was not planted in my mind beforehand, there are no cable slack. So no choice but to re lay. i ever thought of extending the cables but don’t seems to be a good idea after advises from bros More work to come and more pics to share of course.
New “Shoes” for the towers and Center
To be honest, am a skeptic for these things… same goes to power cable (something i have not get into yet), Absorbers and diffusers (apparently I’ve fallen into this “one way street”), BUT since i believed in absorbers and diffusers already, i mean why not?
Due to the weight of my towers. I’ve gotten the GAIA 1 for the towers,
and the Isoacoustic 430 for the center
With the help of my supportive Mrs, she helped lay the foams on the floor so that i can angle my speaker to let it “sleep” on it. The foams helped to cushion the binding posts at the same time so that i can safely replace the footers. Bro Kennyluck and chlim offered to help. Thanks for the offer however my kid was on SHN due to cough hence they did not drop by… but its the thoughts that counts! THANK YOU!
I did faced some challenge of having an incorrect screw size. The spacing between the screw thread is different
Cannot go in anymore
It cannot go in all the way hence I’ve to order the correct thread of M12-1.5. Have to ensure to check on the correct screw size apart from the stock ones provided in the box else its a waiting game. Lucky it take less than 2 weeks to reach me. Below pic the end result.
Verdict after the footers? Even more separation from the already wide soundstage of the L800. The bass is punchy, even more controlled and DEFINITELY no resonances. The clarity of the mid to high freq also improve quite fair bit! Something really worth upgrading for sure! Hesitated initially but again, bro ronlidoq says go for it. Hoot GAIA 1, no horse run… and so it’s there to stay haha
As for the Center speaker, needless to say, definitely improve in dialogue. Most important for HT!
Tilted to ear level.
The assembly is pretty straight forward. There are attachments for different tilt level, just choose the one suits you.
so why this laser? We’ll go into that soon
After selling off the Marantz 8805, I was deliberating which AVP to get next. 2 nights of discussion with my buddy djblackfm, and also seeking my wife for permission to spend that kind of money, few days of discussion of getting dealership, finally I got my hand on a Trinnov Altitude 16. Wanted the Altitude 32 with 24 channels initially… the price is break relationship kind (just kidding on the break relationship)… being rational and practical, the 16 does it’s job. HDB is just this big a size… just this number of speakers can put according to speaker placement guidelines… lets say I’ll hold on to this 16 until the 32 is needed in future
Some unboxing pics
Gotten the 3D mic as well, No choice, i know that i will need it be, it a dealer’s job to calibrate for my customers or to perfect the calibration skill for the most immersive experience. I will need it.
It has 4 Mics each with its own function. as quoted from the web
" sound waves pass through this array of microphones, hitting each one at a slightly different time. Based on this timing, we can triangulate the location of the speaker from which the sound arrived. By testing each speaker in turn, we build a three-dimensional map of where the speakers are relative to the mic (which is placed at the main listening position). We can do this to within 2° of azimuth, 2° of elevation, and 1 cm of distance. We use this information to enable our proprietary Remapping technology, in which we translate from the theoretical rendering of the soundtrack to the specifics of your particular room. Remapping uses the two or three speakers closest to the intended location of a sound to create a phantom image of the sound coming from the correct direction."
The Remapping is where the “magic” happen. Correcting the amplitude, phase, impulse, group delay all at the same time after the 3 sweep for each speaker.
As for the Calibration, I’m just being “anal” to myself in getting things right, a laser guide was used to get the most accurate azimuth, referencing the Center spk.
now you know why is there laser on my Center spk on my earlier pic
To have even more accuracy, a bubble level was used. A lot of prep work to be done before the calibration. Calibration only take less than 20 mins but it takes effort for the prep work but its very very rewarding!
The below is the end result of the calibration. Based on Trinnov Technical Manager analysis, the interaction between my speakers and my room is considerable ok from 500hz onwards. The room correction (called Optimizer) only need to do its minimum effort in Optimizing speakers to room. I can also choose not to optimize from 500hz to 20khz its up to me, but of course i still choose to for the most immersive experience.
The top graph is the original measurement, the middle graph shows that its being corrected by the filters applied in the last graph
A pic of the corrected impulse. Same, the top graph is the original measurement, the middle graph shows that its being corrected by the filters applied in the last graph
A pic of my speaker placement presentation. This is where the “magic” happen…, even though the speaker placement is slightly out of guidelines, the remapping will use the two or three speakers closest to the intended location of a sound to create a phantom image of the sound coming from the correct direction (as quoted from the web). by doing this it makes your speaker “disappear” thus providing an immersive experience. However it is still not advisable to deviate way too much from spk placement guidelines. Meaning, you place your surround left and right speakers on the top left and right hand corner of the room, where that particular positions are more suitable for Left Right Rear height apk position. Of course due to WAF or space restrictions, then its not much of a choice, but still its strongly recommended to follow the fundamental of spk placement not only for optimizer, but also for ALL room correction. Desray also mentioned this multiple times i supposed
Thats all for now.
I’ll most probably start the cabling and shifting of equipment to rack once my rack shelves are in in next 2 weeks. From now till then, do PM me if you would like to drop by for a demo session and chit chat. I’ll be happy to share more of what i know and to absorb of what i do not know from you
Thanks to those who had already dropped by for a session. Appreciate your time and ears in helping me to further improve my HT and Stereo experience with all the feedbacks. You know who you are!
Thank you very much bros!
**The visits are of different days ever since mid Phase 2 started.
Thanks for reading my journey. Till then~